2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Kemba Walker vs. Kyrie Irving, Who Is the Better PG?
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
Kemba Walker led the UConn Huskies to the 2011 Division I National title and was a candidate for many player of the year awards.
Duke freshman Kyrie Irving played just 11 games for the Blue Devils, but showed great promise during his time under Coach K.
Despite only playing in 11 games, Irving is considered by many as the top prospect in this year’s draft class.
He is an explosive player with tremendous athleticism, who can score in bunches. He’s not the leader Walker is, and he’s not as clutch, but Irving has the potential to be a franchise player you build a team around.
The turf toe injury that hindered Irving this season does not appear to be a lingering problem.
Walker had a good start and end to the season, while falling off a bit midseason. But he led the Huskies through the toughest conference in America, the Big East, and was amazing in the NCAA Tournament.
Both players can score and be playmakers, so teams must decide if Walker’s good tournament play is more impressive than Irving’s potential.
-- Nicholas Goss
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